60 Male Greek Names That Make Cool Dog Names
Greek Names for Dogs
Is there a secret to naming dogs? The pantheon of Greek heroes, gods, and monsters offers a variety of cool and unusual names for male dogs. However, the name you choose should reflect the qualities of the companion you're going to share your life with.
If you're looking to spend time with a cool hero or god, here is a list of some of the more intriguing male characters of Greek mythology and their stories, as well as tips on how to choose the one that’s right for your dog’s unique character.
Lawless or Obedient Greek Dog Name
Chaos: Primordial Greek god. Translated from Greek, chaos means emptiness, vast void, chasm, the abyss. A modern definition of chaos is unordered and formless primordial mass. While chaos in itself is neither male nor female, from chaos sprang the building blocks of earth, the Titans and the Olympians, and all other life.
Chaos produced Gaea (Mother Earth), Tartarus (the embodiment of the underworld), Erebus (a symbol of dark silence), Eros (love), and Nyx (the embodiment of darkness). Name your wild puppy Chaos, and in time will come love, obedience, and order.
Fleet and Agile Greek Dog Name
Zephyr or Zephyrus: The gentle wind of the west that brings spring rains to awaken Mother Earth and the interceder between the world of the living and the underworld of the dead. Zephyr was the son of Astraeus and Eos, the goddess of the dawn; he was the father of the spring flowers and Achilles’ immortal horses. Gentle, warm Zephyrus was the wind that guided Aphrodite to the sea of Paphos when she was born, and the only wind Odysseus allowed to help him find his way home to Ithaca. Name your dog Zephyr if you want a fleet, agile dog with a warm disposition.
Faithful, Enduring Greek Dog Names
Sirius: The Dog Star and Companion of Orion. Orion was known as the “most beautiful of the Earthborn” and the greatest mortal hunter. Sirius was his faithful canine hunting companion and the most famous canine in Greek mythology.
After Orion boasted of his plan to kill all wild beasts on Earth, Mother Earth grew concerned and sought assistance from Zeus. Given Orion’s hunting prowess, the gods shared Mother Earth’s concern and they sent a giant Scorpion to battle Orion. Its thick external skeleton was impenetrable to swords and spears, and in time it stung Orion to death. Artemis, Orion’s hunting companion, mourned his passing and placed Orion in the heavens as a constellation. His dog, Sirius, remained on Earth searching ceaselessly for his master. Artemis took pity on Sirius and eventually placed him at his master’s side in the heavens. If you are looking for an eternally faithful hunting companion, name him Sirius after the dog star.
Argos: Odysseus' faithful dog. After nearly a twenty year absence from his home, Odysseus returns to find his home is over run by suitors for his wife, Penelope's, hand in marriage. As Odysseus enters his home, no one recognizes him, except Argos, who is in a state of terrible neglect and old age. Argos raises his head and wags his tail to greet his returned master. Odysseus must remain under cover to deal with presumptuous suitors, and passes by without acknowledging Argos. Odysseus sheds a tear for his old friend as he passes, then Argos lays down his head and dies.
Atlas: One of the Titans, his name means hard and enduring. In the battle between Zeus and Cronus, Atlas led the charge against Zeus. For this, Zeus singled out Atlas for the greatest punishment of all. Atlas must bear the heavens, also known as the celestial sphere (often mistaken for Earth) on his shoulders. Name a powerful working dog Atlas and he will be able to live in long service to his master.
Greek Dog Names for Fraternity, Loyalty, and Love
Castor and Pollux were the twin sons of Leda and the brothers of Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra. They are known collectively in Greek as the Dioscuri and were worshiped extensively in Sparta.
In the myth, the twins shared the same mother but had different fathers; Zeus was father of Pollux (which meant that Pollux was immortal) and Castor had a mortal father. When Castor died, Pollux grieved for his twin greatly and asked Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his brother to keep them together. Zeus transformed them into the Gemini, the brightest star constellation. They spend alternate days together in Hades and in the Heavens. If you are seeking and inseparable bond with your dog, name him Castor or Pollux.
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Cool Greek Guard Dog Names
Achilles: Achilles was the son of Thetis the beautiful nymph and Peleus the king of the Myrmidons. Initially, Zeus and Poseidon had been rivals for the hand of Thetis until Prometheus, a seer of future events, forewarned Zeus that Thetis would bear a son greater than his father. Not wishing to repeat the history of the Titans, the two gods withdrew their pursuit and encouraged her to wed Peleus.
Seeking to make her son invulnerable, Thetis held him by his heel and dipped him in the river Styx. In his youth, Achilles was trained by the centaur Chiron in the art of war alongside Ajax the Great. Seemingly invincible, Achilles was the greatest warrior in Agamemnon’s army, and perhaps of his generation. He is notable in the Trojan War first for his refusal to fight (dooming the Greek army to defeat), and then for rejoining the Greeks to avenge Hector’s killing of his friend Patroclus. Achilles’ killing of Hector ensured the fall of Troy. Then Paris, the abductor of Helen, slay Achilles with an arrow directed by Apollo to the tendon of his heel, where his mother held him when she submerged him in the river Styx. Remarkably, Achilles died from the small wound.
Achilles' name means grief of the people, and grief is a frequent theme in Achilles’ legend as well as throughout the epic of the Trojan War. In modern times, his name is associated with glory in war. Name your dog Achilles if you mourned the loss of a treasured companion before allowing a new canine companion in your life.
Zeus: The youngest of his siblings, Zeus is the king of the Olympian gods, god of sky and thunder, and rules over the Heavens and Earth. All gods, including the Titans, bow down to him.
Zeus is best known in Greek mythology for his amorous exploits which resulted in a pantheon of gods and half-god, half-mortal creatures. His children are Aphrodite, Athena, Ares, Hermes, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Persephone, Apollo, Helen of Troy, the Dioscuri, Perseus, and Heracles, among many others.
Zeus is consistently a favorite dog name, regularly in the top 50 most popular male dog names year after year.
Smart, Strong Greek Names for Dogs
Ajax: Known as Ajax the Great (and stronger than dirt), he figures prominently in the Trojan War. Renowned for his great strength and good looks (he was considered the second best-looking man in Greece), he is described as being fearless, courageous, and as having great combat intelligence. He was a man of colossal size and broad frame, trained in the arts of war by the centaur Chiron, alongside Achilles. As the second most valuable warrior in Agamemnon’s army (second only to Achilles), he is the only principal character in the Trojan War not to receive substantial help from the gods or be wounded in the battle. Name your dog Ajax if you are seeking a smart, courageous guard dog of colossal size and strength.
Spartan: Spartans were the citizens of Sparta, a Greek city which stood out in its day for its singular dedication to the art of war. Spartans were known to live a no-frills lifestyle, focusing from age seven and up on rigorous battle training. So austere were they that "spartan" is a synonym for rigorously disciplined, frugal, brave, and undaunted.
The Spartans were considered the greatest warriors of the ancient world, and their women enjoyed considerable freedom compared to the women of contemporary cultures. The film 300 recounts the tale of the three hundred Spartans who fought to the death against the overwhelming forces of the Persians. While they ended in defeat, they did inflict heavy casualties on the Persians before their demise. Spartan is an excellent name for any of the lean, short coated bully breeds including pit bulls, Dobermans, boxers, and chihuahuas. Call your dog Spartan if you want a cool, forthright, and well-disciplined companion.
Greek Names for Herding Dogs
Pan: God of shepherds and flocks, Pan was part man and part goat. He had the pointed ears of an animal, a pug nose, small goat horns, and walked erect on goat legs and cloven hooves. His body was fully covered with hair ending with a goat’s tail. Pan was born fully developed, so that his mother ran away with terror when she first saw him. Hermes took pity on the abandoned child and brought him up to Mount Olympus where he and the other gods delighted in him.
They named him Pan, meaning all, because he brought pleasure to all the gods. He was a particular favorite of Dionysus, god of wine. However, the nymphs were not as charmed by Pan, and a series of tales ensues where love-struck Pan pursues nymphs only to find they would rather be turned into reeds or echoes than live as his consort. Name your herding dog Pan if you would like him to be a delight to all.
Hermes: The god of animal husbandry, including cattle-herding, shepherding, and goat-herding, and of breeding of horses and mules. Known as a trickster, he is also the god of cattle thieves. As the messenger of the gods, he is depicted with winged sandals and cap; he moves easily between mortals and the divine and conducts souls to the afterlife. His Roman counterpart is Mercury. Name your herding dog Hermes or Mercury if he has a mischievous streak.
Apollo: God of light and the sun, poetry, the healing arts, truth, and prophecy, and defender of herds and flocks, Apollo is one of the most important of the Olympian gods. He is an oracular god and the patron god of Delphi. As the leader of the Muses, he directs their choir. Interestingly, while he is associated with healing and is the physician to the gods, he can also bring about plagues and death with his arrows.
Apollo is the twin brother of Artemis and is depicted as an idealized beardless and athletic youth. He is often depicted with his bow and arrows and his lyre, created for him by Hermes.
Cool Obedient Greek Dog Names
Cadmus: Legendary founder of Thebes. By virtue of his ability to follow the instructions of various kings, oracles, gods, and goddesses, Cadmus built the city of Thebes and fathered a line that figures prominently in many of the Greek tragedies.
When Cadmus’ half-sister Europa was carried off by Zeus disguised as a bull, Cadmus' father instructed him and his brothers to find Europa, and not to return to the city without her. Given that the bull was no ordinary bull, the quest was long and fruitless. Exhausted from their search and unable to return home against their father’s wishes, the brothers found new homes.
Cadmus went with his mother to Thrace. When she passed, Cadmus went to see the oracle at Delphi to decide what to do next. The Oracle advised him to follow a cow with a white half moon marking on its rump. Wherever the cow stopped, he was to build a city. Cadmus followed the oracle’s instruction, and when the cow collapsed in exhaustion, Cadmus made preparations to sacrifice her to Athena.
He sent members of his entourage to collect water for purification of the sacrifice. When they did not return, he sent more. This continued until Cadmus was alone. He then went himself to the spring and found a dragon, lethargic from its feast, having consumed all of Cadmus’ men. Furious and unaware that the dragon was a son of Ares, Cadmus slew the dragon. Ares was enraged.
Alone and in need of companions, Cadmus sought Athena’s help. She advised him to sow half of the dragon’s teeth in the ground if he wanted companions and sow all of the teeth if he wanted warriors. Following her advice, Cadmus sowed half of the seeds and gave the other half to Athena. However, Ares intervened, and fully-armed warriors sprang up from the teeth Cadmus had sown. On Athena’s further advice, Cadmus threw stones among the warriors, and they, each thinking another soldier had thrown the stone, killed each other.
To atone for the crime of killing Ares’ dragon, Cadmus lived in service to Ares for eight years. When his service ended, he was married to Ares and Aphrodite’s daughter, Harmonia. The wedding was attended by gods and muses and the marriage produced four daughters and a son.
Name you male dog Cadmus if you want a dog that can follow complicated instruction and live in many years of faithful service.
Kind and Gentle Greek Dog Names
Chiron: The civilized centaur. Centaurs were a race notorious for being wild and lusty, indulgent drinkers, and considered to be unfit for any useful purpose. Centaurs are half-man and half-horse, possessed of great size and strength, and capable of inflicting great violence when intoxicated.
However, Chiron was unique among the centaurs. He was intelligent, civilized, and kind. A son of Cronos, he was immortal and did not share bloodlines with the other centaurs. Early Greek myths attribute his gentle nature and sophistication to his youthful tutelage under Apollo and Artemis.
Skilled in the medical arts, an astrologer, and a respected oracle, Chiron was said to be first among Centaurs and was himself a highly revered teacher and tutor. Many Greek heroes are counted among his students, including Ajax, Aeneas, Actaeon, Caeneus, Theseus, Achilles, Jason, Peleus, Telamon, and Perseus. Call your dog Chiron if you are looking for a kind, intelligent and obedient companion.
Titan: The elder Gods, the Titans, predated the Olympians. Their king, Cronus, was the father of the majority of the Olympians. After being dethroned by Zeus, the Titans were banished to Tartarus. Notable Titans include Prometheus (who gave fire to mankind), Atlas (who bears the heavens on his shoulders), and Gaea (Mother Earth). Name your dog Titan if you need to subjugate a giant among dogs.
Mythical Greek Canine Monsters
Orthrus (or Orthus): Two-headed dog and brother of Cerberus, the Sphinx, the Hydra of Lerna, and the Chimera, all whelped by the chthonic monsters Echidna and Typhon. He belonged to the three-bodied giant, Geryon, and he and Eurytion were charged with the guarding of Geryon’s herd of red cattle. Heracles' (Hercules') tenth labor involved the capture of the red cattle, and Heracles slew Orthrus, Eurytion, and Geryon to get them. Name your dog Orthus if you are looking for an exceptional guard dog.
Cerberus: The three-headed dog that guards the entrance to the underworld. One head sees the past, one the present, and one the future. Cerberus only has a taste for live flesh, therefore no living man can enter the underworld. Cerberus also prevents the escape of souls from the underworld.
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Lands of the Ancient Greeks
Troy: The high walled city that lay under siege for nine years during the Trojan War following the abduction of Helen. The Greeks launched a thousand ships to conquer Troy and return Helen to her home and husband King Menelaus.
Attica or Atticus (one from Attica): An ancient historical geographical region in Greece which includes Athens, Attica is also a correctional facility in Attica, New York, home of an infamous 1971 riot. In modern literature, Atticus Finch is the gentle and well-respected father and attorney in To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus Finch represents justice and moral fortitude. Name your dog Atticus if you want a kind, intelligent companion.
Ithaca: Greek island and Odysseus’ home. Following the fall of Troy, Poseidon cursed Odysseus to wander the Earth for ten years and lose all of his crew before he could return to his homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus and his crew struggled through a series of trials that include a Cyclops, the Sirens, the clashing rocks Scylla, and the whirlpool Charybdis in order to return to his beloved Ithaca and wife, Penelope. Ithaca represents home, constancy, and faithfulness.
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